Trip Start May 20, 2010
195Trip End Sep 05, 2011
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Day : 432
Temperature : 21 degrees daytime, and below freezing at night time! Brrrr
Weather : Sunny and beautiful
When we woke up on the morning that we left Johannesburg it was grey and dark outside...and it was snowing! As you can imagine we were certainly glad to leave, heading hopefully to warmer climes.
We spent more or less the entire day on the road, stopping only for toilet breaks and for food. At midnight we arrived in Beaufort West, found a hotel with camping and pulled in for the night
We wearily dragged ourselves out of our sleeping bags and discovered that the entire inside of the Bakkie was covered in ice! No wonder we were cold. Thankfully, the hotel had boiling hot showers, and so after several hours (joking!) under the hot water we finally warmed up enough to get going again. First stop was into town to buy some hot water bottles and another duvet.
We then headed south towards Route 62, stopping at various points along the way for photos as the road cut through the dramatic mountains. After a lunch stop we finally arrived in Oudtshoorn, which is apparently the Ostrich capital of the world! We drove to one of the many Ostrich farms in the area where we paid for a tour of the facility and learned much about these beautiful, but extremely stupid birds.
In days gone by, so we were told, Ostriches were primarily farmed for their feathers, when at the time, 1kg of feathers was the equivalent price to 1kg of gold
At least I survived, and I can say that I have ridden an ostrich....I have my certified Ostrich Driving License to say so!!!